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Introduction:

To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
65
 overall score
Category Ranking: 33

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $26,900
Price as Tested: $32,350

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 13.2
EPA City mpg26
EPA Highway mpg30
EPA Combined mpg28

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
NHTSA Rating:

Overall Observations

GM brought back the Trailblazer name in 2021 after more than a decade’s absence, although this subcompact crossover literally has nothing else in common with its namesake, a larger, truck-based SUV. Topping the list of changes is thoroughly modern styling, reminiscent of the brand’s recently reintroduced Blazer. The Trailblazer offers a choice of 2 turbocharged 3-cylinder engines. The optional 1.3-liter version (155 hp) on our test vehicle delivered decent acceleration around town, along with good fueleconomy numbers (28 mpg in combined city/highway driving). Handling is nimble, but the ride quality is unsettled and rough over bad pavement. In the cabin, you’ll find a spacious interior with a rear seat that’s suitable for 2 adult passengers—although the materials quality could stand some improvement. Fold down the rear seatbacks and the flatfolding front seat, and you get a surprisingly large cargo hold. Entry-level Trailblazer trims are low on features, but our test model came loaded with plenty of desirable options, including a panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, and wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Stylish exterior
  • Spacious interior forpeople and cargo
  • Decent value

Weak Points

  • Slow acceleration
  • Harsh ride
  • Cheap interior lookand feel

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3400.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 173.7 / 71.2 / 65.7
Wheelbase (in): 103.9
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Hankook Kinergy GT
Front and rear tire size: 225/55 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): 1000
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 9-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 1.3L 3-Cyl. turbo Ecotec
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 155 @ 5600

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

7.10

Fuel Efficiency:

4.95

EPA Emissions Score:

7.00

Acceleration:

2.32

Braking:

6.33

Handling:

7.32

Ride Quality:

6.39

Interior Size:

3.30

Easy of Entry and Exit:

6.80

Visibility:

6.57

Interior Noise:

4.94

Cargo Capacity:

2.17
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